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Old 10-10-2013, 05:14 PM   #29
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Without knowing your weights, I would look at the P225/75 R15s mentioned above. I know of no 15" LTs out there. Some are using a Continental "commercial" tire (European rating, I think, but they come on some import work vans). Their specs look fine, in your case.
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Old 10-10-2013, 05:44 PM   #30
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Maybe it's changed in the last three years? In any event, what are the thoughts on these for a '90 25' Excella, dry weight 5,000 pounds? Are there 15" LT's that would work? I don't like the pot stickers there are on there now, but I'd rather avoid the expense of going to 16" (I'm trying to recover from SDO - shiny object disorder).

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well, back in the mid 90s , we ran a set of P metric 235/75R15 Generals from Sams, on our 1966 24 ft Land Yacht . load rating was about 2100 each.
they performed perfectly for many years .
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Old 10-10-2013, 06:42 PM   #31
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Without knowing your weights, I would look at the P225/75 R15s mentioned above. I know of no 15" LTs out there. Some are using a Continental "commercial" tire (European rating, I think, but they come on some import work vans). Their specs look fine, in your case.
I'm doing that - using 15" Nokian Hakka C Van tires on my Safari SE, since I couldn't find 16" trailer wheels with a 5-bolt lug pattern. I was VERY happy with the Michelin LTX tires installed on my (now sold) single-axle Argosy by CanAm, but my tire engineer friend praised the Nokians - plus they're Load Range D.

10,000 miles on the Argosy tires and 10,000 miles on the Safari tires with no issues.

Come to think of it, we towed our T@B for 10,000 miles as well on non-trailer tires with no problems either. Lots of hot, high-speed towing on that cross-country trip.

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Old 10-27-2013, 06:43 PM   #32
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I have seen no threads on 32' Excella's. I bought new Tow-master tires (5) prior to the Southwest Adventure Caravan and had two blow outs, and damage on both sides of my rig from the tread separation that followed. I was checking temps with an infared thermometer and rear tandem tires treads were running 104 F and fronts were running 98F. The pressures were 77 cold and would rise to approx. 80. These were E rated 2830# capacity at 80 cold. Can anyone offer suggestions? Thx. Beechplace 18 Towing with 3/4 ton Deisel.
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I have seen no threads on 32' Excella's. I bought new Tow-master tires (5) prior to the Southwest Adventure Caravan and had two blow outs, and damage on both sides of my rig from the tread separation that followed. I was checking temps with an infared thermometer and rear tandem tires treads were running 104 F and fronts were running 98F. The pressures were 77 cold and would rise to approx. 80. These were E rated 2830# capacity at 80 cold. Can anyone offer suggestions? Thx. Beechplace 18 Towing with 3/4 ton Deisel.

Are not the Tow-master tires a brand of Chinese ST radials ?
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Powerking Tomax is what I currently have. They are Asian but not sure of which country.
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:12 PM   #35
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I have seen many threads about failing ST tires. Lots of threads asking about the merits of switching to LT tires or not, how about hearing from those who made the switch? Phoenix has a poll that attempts to track these numbers but I wonder if that poll might be skewed toward ST users. I'd like to hear from those brave souls who made the leap and switched to LT tires.
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Looking through this thread, the only LT tire failure reported was on 12 year old LT tires on a boat trailer and the thread has wandered to other topics.

That's looking pretty good for LT tires.
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I switched to 16 " rims and Firestone Transforce HQ tires 20 k MI ago (20 ft AS) and there is no sign of wear or a problem.
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There were 3 trailers from Ontario Canada on this years South West Caravan, second group. One was a 25' Safari pulled by a Freestar, the second was a 27' Safari pulled by a Routan and the third was a 34' Excella pulled by a GM diesel. All were on the Michelin LTX tires installed at Canam RV in London, Ontario. Our trailer was the 27' and before the caravan started we had to go to Travelers Rest Resort at Dade City FL to pick up our trailer. We made the run to Durango in four days using mostly interstate at 70mph most of the time. The outside temp was over 100F through quite a bit of Texas and did hit 108F briefly. At the end of the caravan we tried to add up all the trailer tire flats, there had to be over a dozen. All 14 LTX's from the great white north did very well thanks, and no one from anywhere other than Canam will be touching my trailer tires in the near future.

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Larry, what is the magic touch Can-Am has, that others who sell LTX's don't have?
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Na , it's the Canadian air in the tires !
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I have seen no threads on 32' Excella's. I bought new Tow-master tires (5) prior to the Southwest Adventure Caravan and had two blow outs, and damage on both sides of my rig from the tread separation that followed. I was checking temps with an infared thermometer and rear tandem tires treads were running 104 F and fronts were running 98F. The pressures were 77 cold and would rise to approx. 80. These were E rated 2830# capacity at 80 cold. Can anyone offer suggestions? Thx. Beechplace 18 Towing with 3/4 ton Deisel.
I'd say you were running too much air pressure in the tires....look on the Airtream body tag it's plainly stated what air pressure the factory recommends.
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Larry, what is the magic touch Can-Am has, that others who sell LTX's don't have?
The last thing I did before I left TR was check the tire pressure, 50 psi. We are now sitting at the town part at Port Lavaca, TX and our tires are still good. Since June 2000 we have owned our trailer and have gone with Can-Am for all issues for what tow vehicle to use to what tires to by (currently on our third set of trailer tires).
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